A new wave of activism is sweeping the world. Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protest, there are now occupations in more than hundreds of towns and cities around the world, against the worst aspects of capitalism.
In Britain, we have seen huge publicity around the Occupy London Stock Exchange camp outside St Paul's Cathedral. Whilst there has been much media chat about the gyrations of the Church of England hierarchy and how they should deal with the protest, this has not obscured discussion of the real issues raised by the protests. There are also protest camps in Edinburgh, and closer to home, in Bristol.
Occupy Plymouth have met twice in recent weeks, and have decided to occupy Jigsaw Gardens from noon on Saturday 5th November. There will be a general assembly at the camp at 4pm on Saturday afternoon.
Plymouth TUC has voted to support Occupy Plymouth, and urges our affiliates and supporters to do the same. Their fight is our fight, and their enemies are our enemies. There are sure to be differences of opinion around the protest, but the key thing to remember is that the bosses crisis is a crisis of their making, not ours, and that we are equally opposed to the cuts that try to make us pay for the crisis, and to the system that allowed them to cause the crisis.The occupiers' slogan "We are the 99%" succinctly sums up the situation in the world, where 1% of the population own 50% of the wealth, and that same 1% excercises enormous influence and control over the rest of us.
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